These special reports from the technology team at Education Week Digital Directions aim to highlight the progress made in the e-learning arena, as well as the administrative, funding, and policy barriers that some experts say are slowing the growth of this form of education.
Blended learning—the mix of virtual education and face-to-face instruction—is evolving quickly in schools across the country, generating a variety of different models. This October 2012 special report examines several of those approaches and aims to identify what is working and where improvements are needed.
The world of virtual schooling is experiencing a host of major policy shifts that are opening doors for its expansion, but at the same time holding it up to greater scrutiny. This August 2012 report examines how state policymakers, educators, and schools are rethinking and changing the rules for e-learning.
This January 2012 report examines how other countries are deploying virtual education and highlights some of the more distinctive virtual education partnerships emerging between schools in the United States and those outside its borders, while noting the difficulties that arise for educators and schools when taking on such initiatives.
This October 2011 report examines how K-12 professional development is taking a more digital and freewheeling approach to educator training. The report shows how professional development programs are now blending face-to-face and online training, incorporating social networking tools, offering administrators more flexible ways to hone their skills, and developing online PD to prepare educators for the common-core standards and assessments.
This August 2011 report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school. It shows the barriers that exist for greater participation among special populations, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of online education for these groups of students.
The January 2011 installment of this series examines how schools are working to create high-quality digital curricula and online courses. It covers the influence the common-core academic standards are likely to have on building the online curricula of the future, the growing emphasis on teaching social skills to virtual school students, how schools are building courses that blend face-to-face and online learning, and the evolving role of e-assessments.
The September 2010 installment of this series aims to answer questions related to the growing role of e-educators in K-12 education. It provides perspectives and advice from state policymakers and virtual school providers navigating through the new and often murky policy waters of online-only education, and features insights from e-educators in the trenches of virtual schooling.
The first installment of the e-learning series, published in April 2010, aims to highlight the progress made in the e-learning arena, as well as the administrative, funding, and policy barriers that some experts say are slowing the growth of this form of education.
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May 22, 1 p.m. ET: Making Digital Curricula Meaningful
Experts will delve into how to find and evaluate digital materials, the best methods for training teachers, and how to effectively integrate digital curricula into the classroom.
Oct. 24, 12:30 p.m. ET: Improving Schools Through Blended Learning
Our guests will discuss how blended learning has changed from its inception, what educators have learned throughout its evolution, and what factors create successful blended learning environments.
Aug. 28, 1 p.m. ET: E-Learning in the Age of Choice
Some states are now mandating that districts provide students with a variety of choices for how they use online learning opportunities. States and districts are also working on how to use a range of technology tools to access online courses. Join two experts who can help educators make the right choices for what to offer students.
Oct. 27, 2 p.m. EDT: Tapping the Power of Online PD
Social networking and other online tools now provide a full menu of professional development opportunities that range from discussions on Twitter to personal learning networks on Ning and sharing of useful classroom resources on Google+. The online offerings are also spawning new types of professional development opportunities that provide face-to-face interaction.
Nov. 2, 2 p.m. EDT: Training the Hybrid Educator
This chat addressed the kinds of professional development are available to hybrid educators, as well as the key factors they need to know to be successful in the classroom. Our guests shared their experiences as hybrid and virtual instructors and talk about the role that hybrid education is playing in K-12 today.
Sept. 28, 2011: Gifted Students Click on E-Learning
Our guests discuss how best to serve gifted students in an online learning environment, as well as what challenges may arise for this population of students.
Sept. 20, 2011: Reaching Students With Special Needs Through E-Learning
Learn about new e-learning strategies for students with special needs, the latest assistive technologies, and how online education can provide special populations of students with the personalized learning they’re looking for.
Jan. 25, 2011: Virtual Challenge: Creating Quality E-Courses
The lessons being learned by online course designers are significantly changing the way successful courses are created for today’s students. Watch as our guests discuss creating quality e-courses.
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